Featured Model Types: Towards Systematic Reuse in Modelling Language Engineering

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By analogy with software product reuse, the ability to reuse (meta)models and model transformations is key to achieve better quality and productivity. To this end, various opportunistic reuse techniques have been developed, such as higher-order transformations, metamodel adaptation, and model types. However, in contrast to software product development that has moved to systematic reuse by adopting (model-driven) software product lines, we are not quite there yet for modelling languages, missing economies of scope and automation opportunities. Our vision is to transpose the product line paradigm at the metamodel level, where reusable assets are formed by metamodel and transformation fragments and ``products" are reusable language building blocks (model types). We introduce \textit{featured model types} to concisely model variability amongst metamodelling elements, enabling configuration, automated analysis, and derivation of tailored model types. We provide a wish list of software engineering activities to work with featured model types.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Workshop on Modelling in Software Engineering (MiSE’2016)
Place of PublicationAustin
PublisherACM Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4164-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event38th International Conference on Software Engineering - Austin, United States
Duration: 14 May 201622 May 2016


Conference38th International Conference on Software Engineering
CountryUnited States


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